Can animals and humans really communicate? Bram thought so. He and Mosey had always been able to understand each other, even though he was a thirteen- year-old boy and she was a six-thousand pound elephant.

But when they were thirteen, their lives changed. Franz Gobel, who owned the circus where Mosey performed, was very ill, and was forced to sell the circus and all its animals and equipment. Bram was frantic. He and Mosey couldn’t be separated, they couldn’t. But Mr. North, the new owner, didn’t need any elephant trainers, and didn’t believe that a thirteen-year-old boy could control a six-thousand pound elephant anyway. The day the equipment and animals would be shipped to America grew closer and closer. Finally Bram could stand it no longer, and he decided to stow away on the ship so he could be with Mosey. He would have to leave his family, his friends, and his country, but it would be worth it to be with Mosey.

This booktalk was written by librarian and booktalking expert Joni R. Bodart.